"It Takes More Time" Versus "It Wastes More Time" And Blogging

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I see something funny quite commonly when the word "blogging" pops up.

Folks tend to say it takes more time than other online approaches.

But here's how a critical thinker - or a heart centered entrepreneur - thinks of this idea:

Many of the other tactics folks use to try to make money in internet marketing waste more time, effectively bringing them back to square 1 months, years, or even a decade or more down the road.

I have flubbed up royally online in my early days, and even mucked up as of a few years ago with some aspects of my blogging campaign. But when I cleared out a lot of the "I don't have the time for this" fear I embodied Steve Pavlina's piece of advice, that he repeated again and again: if you plan to be around 1, 2 or 3 years down the road, it makes sense to do whatever you are doing, right.

Yesterday, someone emailed me asking to place a link on my blog. He was a stranger. I advised him to build a relationship with me, to comment on my blog, to retweet me. I'd happily do the same if his content was up to snuff. Then maybe I place the link, a few months down the road, because I trust him them. He emailed me back saying that unfortunately, he was up against a deadline, and didn't have the time to do those things.

Of course, his fear of taking more time is goading him to waste more of his time.

It's a mental block: I don't have the time to do something that would bring me some success now, and more success later, so I'll do something that totally wastes my time now, and later.

You can prosper through other channels of course and have loads of success. Just remember that when you do it right - following your passion and solving problems - going the blogging route is not wasting your time, unlike many of these other marketing or business-building schemes people are using. Blogging effectively builds your success 1 day at a time. Almost like moving into a massive mansion that you build 1 brick at a time, at first, then as you building your content, and your blogger friend network by promoting other bloggers and not looking for anything in return, you have a team of contractors around you, piling up those bricks quickly, and you get more excited as you see that house getting closer to being built.

Blogging may take a bit more time to build something meaningful, and profitable, but many of these other tactics waste more of your time in building something worthless, or at the very least, fleeting.

Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    VERY good post Ryan.

    I see things slightly differently, but I think that's a good thing because our views compliment each other.

    You've heard the mantra 'money loves speed'... It's not one or the other for me. My approach is to do both, and there's enough room online for everyone's approach.

    Here's mine: Start making money from the things you love asap (does take some testing and tweaking), while building an authority site for the longterm.

    The authority bit is where people fall down because they're not focusing on a passion, they're purely focused on what they can get, instead of what they can give.

    Here's how it works, for me:
    • Start a blog based around something I absolutely love, and can add value to.
    • Use the blog posts to draw in traffic and capture email addresses.
    • Use a marketing funnel to deliver value, and to promote.

    Early on, this really just covers the cost of running ads, but if things are converting, I know it's worth scaling up.

    While that's happening, I continue blogging, creating new content, networking etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      I like that Michael. I hear you too; some streams yield cash more quickly, when you look at the situation objectively. Build for the present and future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizopboost
    Great Post Thanks
    It takes : Passion , Motivation and Perseverance ...
    and Lots of communication Skills .
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      That is quite a trio B. Get down the passion, and the persistence does take care of itself, and the motivation turns into an intent, an inner drive always with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Tacadena
    Blogging takes patience. Some bloggers quit because they can't monetize their blog straight away. Some even buy backlinks to speed up the process not really working on the content of their blog. I'm new but I've seen a constant increase in the numbers of page views even if some of my written pieces are crap. I'll get there. The journey may take some time but I'll get there nonetheless.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Good job David. You have the right attitude as a new blogger. Keep on sharing and keep on keeping on.
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    • Profile picture of the author judyok
      I love your confidence, one step at a time. I am also new and it's not as easy as I thought but I only have one option: I have to do it. We will surely get there.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Thanks Ryan.

    Blogging is something you have to have passion about. Or at least develop that passion over time.

    And I make the distinction between having passion about "blogging" and having passion about just the niche you're in.

    I see many people who are very passionate about a subject and very knowledgable about it but when it comes to writing and keeping up a blog...well they just do not enjoy it. And eventually give up.

    Imo if you cannot get over that initial hurdle of blogging to 'crickets' for a certain period of time..well it may not be for you. Thats tough for many to swallow when they do not see immediate results like say buying PPC to a sq.page/sale funnel.


    - Robert Andrew
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Well said Robert. Big diffie between the 2. And if you cannot get through that period, blogging-wise, (we all face the crickets early on) then it shows you are not passionate enough about blogging. This is OK because it means another online channel is right up your alley. But if you dig it and can just see through those rough spots, this is a fun way to help people and to prosper online.

      Ryan
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  • In my experience, what I find is that IM does take too much time, especially if you have very little to no money upfront to invest. You need Ad copy sales letter, emails, websites/blogs, funnel, graphics, lead magnets, etc. And this just only for just 1 product. If you hired the wrong writer, you will waste all that money and start over. Wasting money & time definitely!

    If you have a lot of cash to blow then fine, go ahead and do it. But if you're still struggling financially my advice is don't do it. It's better to do Print on Demand, it's free, you just need to create a fan page and spend $5-$10 per design on Fiverr and maybe a few hundred buck on Ad spent. No need to worry about sales letter, email follow up, and things like that. Of course you will still need extra to build your Shopify store and things like that also. But it's much way better than those IM product launches and blogging. I find this approach way faster for me. I don't struggle much. I think E-commerce is easier. Just my humble opinion of course. ^^
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      I think so much of online success is about loving what you do. When the passion is there, the patience grows. As the patience grows, using longer term methods that promote your success from day to day - like blogging - can be a fabulous vehicle for assisting people and building a dream lifestyle. But if the passion is not there, then follow what feels good to you. For you, I see that is e-commerce, which is awesome.

      Feels good to find your niche, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Prakash Dayani
    Wow , looks like you read my mind.. I know so many people who want to be successful in their blogging sphere from day 2. Everyone who looks for early success must read this.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Yep Prakash I have seen these folks about 56 million times during my 10 years of blogging LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luis Rogers
    Blogging is hard, but we did it anyway
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      It actually gets easier when you keep at it, with the right intent (having fun and serving others) in mind, Luis. But heck yeah, it is hard in the beginning because most of us blog mainly to get, not to give. Make that shift and the journey is simple, and clearer.

      Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonTheFreeman
    This makes a lot of sense. A lot of people make a short-sighted decision only seeing the short term instead of looking at the long-term effects.

    This kind of thinking can be an applied to a lot of decisions in life. Such as the decision to workout and get fit. A lot of people say they don't have time for that so they waste time by being more sedentary. Great post, Ryan!
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Excellent Jason and totally true. This mindset can be applied to any area in life. You just need to see beyond today or even tomorrow, toward a brighter future.

      Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author nickyz1
    Blogging is not easy, I had gave up on my blog but am working on it now. you have to be determined
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Keep at it Nicky. Good to see you back in the blogging game.

    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyRoberts
    I think Blogs are overlooked by many marketers because they're just put the fact that it actually requires "work". I know that blogging is not easy though, but that's certainly not a reason to give up on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      This is true Tony. People - IMers - tend to shy from work LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Don't know why you're limiting this to blogging. Lots of people do it with other stuff. Including money. As in, I'm willing to invest $7 on a tool/podcast/book to learn something but I'll be damned if I paid $27on any one item. And, they end up paying $770 on 83 items and, some times, knowing half of what was in the first 2 $27 items they turned down as too expensive.

    So, now they're more money in, more time in. But they did not spend $27 on one particular / single item.

    And it's not out of being stingy (or only) but out of misunderstanding fear or not being clear on goals...
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Yep D; this applies to all niches. I note blogging because of the 45 million times I see on Warrior "Blogging can work, but takes a lot of time." But true true; this applies across the board.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeram17
    I think you have to enjoy writing as a pastime. I cannot think it's easy if you do not like actually writing stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Ryan,

    This is well put and applies to more than just blogging. While I am only a few months old in the arena of taking Twitter seriously, I already see so many not caring about who follows them, as long as the number continues to climb.

    It takes more time to build a targeted Twitter following (of course, you'll get some non-targeted people here and there), but it's worth it. When you see your notifications filled with retweets, likes and comments from those in your industry/niche, it's worth it.

    Blogging takes up a ton of time, but it's worth it. Every blog post is a small traffic generator and once it's written and posted, you don't have to write or post it again. Sure, you probably want to share it on social media about ten dozen times over the next five years, but the writing is done.

    I have written a ton of content for the web hosting, real estate, home improvement and chiropractic industries, along with a few others. The clients that see success have regular blog posts going up multiple times a week and they do it for years.

    They get it. Spending $50 on a blog post that could bring them 100s or even 1,000s of visitors and leads for the next decade is worth it. Even a non-evergreen blog post that might bring them 25 solid leads over the next week is worth it, as those leads may turn into customers and may spend $1,000s with them over the next year or two.

    Putting in perspective, blogging is worth the time and energy, especially in a world with a huge thirst for information.

    Benjamin Ehinger
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Love the idea of each blog post being a small traffic generator Ben. Smart!
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  • Profile picture of the author saadi123
    Hey nice post.

    You know what, when I reached right at the bottom of this article in my inbox (I received a newsletter), I liked the post and decided to post a comment and saw your name.

    You know what, I'm following you on Twitter and Facebook as well.

    You're that Blogging From paradise guy. Right?

    I'm The Usual Stuff guy. :-)

    Not sure if you remember me from Twitter.

    Any ways, you seem like an avid and prolific writer.

    Keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Saad.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Saad, thanks so much for the follows buddy. Oh yes; I know you
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